White House releases new open government initiatives

Criticized for his administration’s lack of transparency, President Barack Obama announced a series of new open government initiatives Wednesday designed to improve online accessibility, education and innovation.

Are the keys to interoperable health IT hidden outside the health care field?

Some leading health IT experts say the key to finding new ideas to modernize the health care industry is to not look in the health care industry. So where are those ideas hiding?

White hat hackers try breaching Healthcare.gov, find ‘critical vulnerabilities’

White hat hackers within the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General set out to test the integrity of Healthcare.gov security earlier this year and found critical vulnerabilities, according to an IG report released Tuesday.

3 innovative ways agencies are leveraging mobile apps

From geo-coded big data to finding HIV care and leveraging Google Glass to inspect GSA’s buildings, mobile apps are changing the face of government forever.

Healthcare.gov hearing reveals user data was disclosed

The recent breach a Healthcare.gov test server might not have put users’ personal information at risk, but a congressional oversight hearing Thursday revealed that early glitches during the site’s launch did.

GAO questions Healthcare.gov security on eve of major hearing

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has not done enough to secure Healthcare.gov and the personal information belonging to millions of Americans stored on the system remains at unnecessary risk, a new government audit revealed.

Todd Park could be subpoenaed to testify on Healthcare.gov breach

He may not be the chief technology officer of the U.S. anymore, but Todd Park, the technology lead under President Obama during the rollout of the Affordable Care Act last year, is already wanted back in Washington to answer for a recent breach of the Healthcare.gov website.

Issa demands answers after Healthcare.gov hack

News of a security breach at Healthcare.gov has reinvigorated the Republican-led effort to convince Americans the law and the website are broken. And now the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is demanding answers from the Obama administration’s point person at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

What to expect at NIST’s Global Cities Challenge

The Internet of Things, and the ways cities can leverage this emerging technology, is evolving at a rapid pace. Some cities have embraced it fully, while others are trying to keep up. Sokwoo Rhee, a presidential innovation fellow who is working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, hopes to close that gap during an upcoming conference where innovators will meet with global city planners in order to bring everyone up to speed. Rhee on Friday laid out the plans for NIST’s Global Cities Challenge, which will be held later this month at the agency’s Gaithersburg, Maryland, headquarters. The…

Healthcare.gov responds to server breach

The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed Thursday that Healthcare.gov experienced its first hack last month.

CMS extends EHR incentive timeline for health care providers

Thanks to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s final ruling on electronic health records Friday, more health care providers should be able to meet meaningful use standards and earn incentives in 2014 due to an extension in years-old standards. Health IT advocates, however, fear it could do more harm than good.

Government can successfully embrace consumer concepts like CRM

Government can embrace consumer technologies like CRM to improve services. Microsoft Dynamics CRM is helping at the state level.

How the FDA regulates 3-D printed devices

As personalized medicine becomes more commonplace, the FDA will be tasked with regulating an endless continuum of customizable devices and making sure the benefits always outweigh the risks. The scientists behind the regulation of 3-D printed devices with the FDA, however, said it’s not much different than managing a normally-manufactured item.

Healthcare.gov, plagued by overspending, gets a new leader

In the aftermath of last fall’s flawed Healthcare.gov rollout, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Tuesday a new CEO to lead the 2015 open enrollment of the Affordable Care Act’s federal marketplace. The announcement coincidentally came the same day the agency’s inspector general released an audit reporting overspending on a third of Healthcare.gov contracts.

DARPA seeks modeling help to combat Chikungunya virus

To help organize a defense against a potential outbreak of the Chikungunya virus, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is asking teams to try and come up with an accurate model to forecast the spread of the disease in the United States and the Caribbean, where CHIKV is already becoming widespread.

Inside the struggle for electronic health record interoperability

Electronic health records should be able to freely move between your doctor to your hospital and anywhere in between. Only that’s increasingly not the case.

Feds working to overcome challenges, early failures in public-facing mobile apps

As agencies continually release public-facing mobile apps to better serve American citizens, the directors and strategists behind their creation are the first to admit there is room for improvement.

CDC outsources IT solutions to Dell for another 5 years

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tapped Dell Services Monday for a five-year, $120 million IT infrastructure support contract that will support life sciences research as the agency battles an unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

CDC uses software to trace Ebola-carriers’ contact with others

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has deployed a new software tool that is making it easier for officials to find and track people exposed to the deadly Ebola virus.

HHS Buyers Club: Making procurement more agile

The Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new IT procurement system looking to replace notoriously shoddy traditional procurement and with a more-agile, value-driven process for development.

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